17 March 2020
Alex Goldberg is a scientific writer and social media manager for GA International.
He has a PhD in biology and previously worked as a postdoc in toxicology and medicine, having studied chronological lifespan in yeast, anti-neoplastic small molecules, and the biology of lymphangioleiomyomatosis.
You can find Alex on LinkedIn.
No one who aspires to a fancy job as a tenured research professor in the life sciences should read this article.
For those who wish to follow this career path, I can give only one piece of advice: make sure it’s EXACTLY what you want out of life.
Life as an Academic
I started out relatively modestly as a graduate student in the fall of 2004. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a career in film production or biology, and because going into film meant repeating classes and working at Starbucks simultaneously, I opted into a Master’s degree, which paid a bit of money and allowed me some flexibility to learn about something I loved and to figure out the rest of my career later on.
My project was fresh and interesting, and I was given every…